Holiday Gift Ideas for everyone on your list

holiday-gift-guide-2013Introducing my top picks for the holidays to make your lives a little easier, when shopping for your loved ones this Holiday season.

hope-in-jarFor who: The skin care advocate
Why it works: It’s a whipped formula, light enough for every day use. It will keep your skin hydrated even throughout the winter months.
Price: hope in a jar ($20) ornament available at sephora, hudson’s bay and shoppers drug mart
Where to buy:

MIZUNO-WAVE-RIDER-16For who: The fitness enthusiast
Why: Running shoes only last a certain number of kilometres before you should invest in a new pair. Get your loved ones a fresh new pair of Mizuno’s to kick off their fitness regimen for the new year.
Price: $120
Where to buy: Running Room

MPG-BLACK-SERIES-BAGFor who: The on-the-go person
Why: Well you do need a workout bag to go work out, am I right? Forgot a hair elastic? Oh, right. You put it in your new GYM BAG. Zing, you’re saved! Plus you need to freshen up after the gym with some deodorant and wet wipes which you can conveniently store in the bag.
Price: $100
Where to buy: MPG online

katy-perry-killer-queenFor Who: The playful female who is always wearing perfume
Why: With notes like wild berry, dark plum and red velvet flower, the receiver of this gift is sure to rock her new Killer Queen scent with confidence and pull it off without effort.
Price: 50 ml Eau de parfum $59.00

stila-lip-glossFor who: The girl who loves to add a subtle shine to her lips.
Why: Pth, why not? Who doesn’t want luscious glossy lips? Or you can separate the glosses, and give them as a little gift to the makeup lovers.
Price: $34 ($171 value)
Where to buy:

fossil-machineFor who: The guy in your life
Why: So he can finally be on time for once ;)
Price: $185
Where to buy: Fossil


For who:  The budget friendly make up addict
Why: To get that flawless even, application of your foundation
Price: $23.99
Where to buy: Farley Co, walmart, or Lawton’s Drug

For who:  The girl with unruly curls
Why: So she can achieve a silky straight hair style
Price: $159.99
Where to buy: Flat Iron Experts

clarisonicFor who:  Anyone who enjoys cleansing their skin and having it feeling incredibly soft
Why: The best analogy as how your skin will feel after the first use, not one word of a lie? Touch the inside of your forearm. That is exactly how smooth and soft the skin on your face will feel after using the Clarisonic. (see my review)
Price: $139.99 — $200+
Where to buy: Sephora


fossil-sydneyFor who:  That chick on a serious shopping mission
Why: So she can put all her purchases in her tote, or use it fashionably for work
Price: $168
Where to buy: Fossil

Holiday Gift Guide RUBBERMAID-POWER-SCRUBBER For who:  The person who loves the feeling of a sparkling clean home
Why: Because it cleans up to 2x faster than manual scrubbing
Price: $19.99
Where to buy: Home Depot, Loblaws, London Drug or win one here

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Stila Color Me Glossy Lip Glaze Set


The Stila Color Me Glossy lip glaze set is another fantastic gift idea for those on your Christmas to-buy list this year. You can see in the photo below that it comes in a fun box with nine shades of glosses to choose from. However they’re packaged in three trio’s, so you can potentially separate them and give them as three individual gifts to your friends.


I foresee these glosses being popular with a younger crowd just getting introduced to makeup. I’ve tried a couple of them out and they weren’t my favorite glosses in the world. They tend to be more sticky on the lips and the colour payoff was much left to be desired. But that doesn’t mean to say others wouldn’t like them. Some would rather have a subtle wash of colour on their lips and I’ve heard so many people enjoy the Stila glosses. I’d just want to wear these with my hair pulled back off my face.

However I can vouch for the longevity of the product, and they glide on so easily. You know how some glosses just goop on and hard to smear around on the lips? Not these. The glosses love to stay on for a few hours, which is really nice especially due to the fact that they’re shiny on your lips and you’d expect them to last no longer than an hour.

The colours in the collection are beautiful. My favorite one’s are the soft pink nudes on the far right. It just adds a little extra somethin-somethin’ to your lips, know what I mean?


Colours in the set: Cranberry, Persimmon, Melon, Dazzleberry, Wildberry, Strawberry Cream, Passion Fruit, Kaleidoscope, Amaretto.Color-Me-Glossy

And for the price? You can’t beat it. Especially if you’re going to separate them and give them as gifts. The set of nine lip glosses is sold at Sephora and retails for $28 USD ($124 value) / $36 CAD ($161 value).

Have you ever tried the Stila lip glosses?

What brand of lip gloss is your favorite?

p.s. I received the Stila lip glosses as a PR sample. Opinions are my own.

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Get your house ready for the Holidays

Holiday Gift Guide RUBBERMAID-POWER-SCRUBBERMany people dread deep cleaning their kitchens, or bathrooms. But I actually really enjoy doing it and if I can do it even faster, hey that’s even better in my opinion. I blame my years of housekeeping at the Hospital for me “like” of cleaning. I’d rather not say I love cleaning, because who honestly LOVES to clean?

I usually take a day out of the week and really deep clean those two places in our apartment, and sometimes it takes a lot of time and effort if I’ve slacked off with really doing a good job.

My go-to cleaning products and now I’ve added a spinning brush to the combo. Meet the Rubbermaid Power Scrubber. It claims it cleans 2 times faster than manual scrubbing since the oscillation head scrubs 60x per second. But look how tiny the head of that scrubber is. I’m not going to be cleaning my shower with that thing. I’d only reserve that for around the sink in the bathroom, or on the stove top in those sneaky hard to get places. Power scrubber by Rubbermaid

I’ll tell you  a little trick stupid thing I used to do, before using the handy scrubber. I sometimes cleaned the gunk out, from either the stove or sink–with toothpicks and qtips. That was tedious. Especially when they broke. Not to mention the size of them, trying to scrape everything off.

Plus, any tool that can aid in helping me do chores faster, and you’ve got my attention. Rubbermaid comes out with all sorts of neat mechanisms for helping you around the house, doesn’t it?

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